Out of touch!

Symmonds calls on Stuart to climb down from high horse

Opposition Member of Parliament for St James Central Kerrie Symmonds has added his voice to the raging public debate over Prime Minister Freundel Stuart’s new $700,000 ride, accusing Stuart of living the “high life” while the majority of Barbadians were forced to “pay through their teeth”.

“My concern, and the concern of the country overall, is the apparently insatiable appetite on the part of elected individuals for the luxuries of high life,” Symmonds told Barbados TODAY Thursday morning, adding that the purchase of a new S-Class Mercedes Benz must be taken within the context of the recent ten per cent pay restoration, which was afforded members of the Stuart administration and the reclaiming of back pay.

The Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) representative also pointed out that Stuart was not the only Government beneficiary of luxury vehicles at a time when the ruling Democratic Labour Party administration has been appealing to ordinary Barbadians to make personal sacrifices as the country grapples with severe economic challenges.

During the just-ended Budget debate, Stuart had likened the current economic burdens faced by the country to “a jockey which has gotten too heavy for the horse” after Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler offloaded a $542 million package of new austerity measures with a view to immediately redressing a $537.6 million deficit position over the next nine months.

However, Symmonds suggested that the Prime Minister was the one who needed to climb down from the proverbial high horse, while stating that he was convinced that there was a level of “financial illiteracy” at the heart of Barbados’ problems.

“The Prime Minister has admitted that he changed not one, but two, luxury cars over the past year, namely MP2 and M50. The key point I want to make is that to my certain knowledge you can find suitable vehicles that are both robust and not necessarily high maintenance,” argued Symmonds.

While pointing out that he currently drives “a ten-year-old Toyota and it works very well”, the St James Central spokesman also expressed concern about what he termed “the absence of selectivity” displayed by the Prime Minister in the purchase of the new vehicles.

“Are we now so enslaved to brand names that we cannot shop around to find alternatives that may be more economical? And beyond that, is it fair to ask struggling taxpayers to pay through their teeth because of a lust among some in high society for brand name lifestyles that they themselves are not paying directly for?” he asked.

In dismissing the latest controversy over his vehicle, the Prime Minister contended that there was no mystery surrounding the replacement of vehicles for High Court judges and chief justices.

However, Symmonds dismissed Stuart’s  argument as total hogwash since judges have a fleet of cars and issues of maintenance, affordability and value for money were key considerations.

41 Responses to Out of touch!

  1. Sunshine Sunny Shine June 8, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    I have stated for some time that this pretensive Prime Minister has been showing bajans his contempt for them for a very long time. I have stated that Stuart only cares about Stuart. It is as plain as the nose on his face. He is not the type of man to lead by example as he is busy looking out for himself. He has no moral compass and right and wrong is interpreted along the thinking that is Stuart’s world. He is a liar made apparent by his involvement in the Cahill affair. He is condoner of wrongdoing as is evident by his acceptance of the Leroy Parris matter, and the Michael Carrington issue. I would not mention the vote buying issue that he boldly stated he saw because I always heard the old people say that the individual who poops in the crowd is the first to smell it and declare the ahh ahh ahhh. He spent 7 million dollars on an Independence Celebration at a time when the island was filthy with garbage and needed trucks. What more evidence could Bajans want. The behaviour of Freundel Stuart should be called out for what it is. For it is nothing short of fraudulent and conceited?

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  2. Ras June 9, 2017 at 2:25 am

    Wait Kerrie you now wake up
    Where were you when Tom Adams bought the Cadillac MP2
    Where were you when Tom Adams and Don Blackman had the first Mercedes Benz 1976-1986
    You don’t remember the Mercedes Bree St.John had
    Where were you when the millions of dollars were been spent down at Greenland and there is nothing down there to show the taxpayers.

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    • straight talk June 9, 2017 at 9:04 am

      Ras you are a big stupid cun#@t

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      • Ras June 9, 2017 at 9:25 am

        Just the real original straight talk Rasta man wid de real facts
        Ministry of Mercedes started 1976-1986 (FACT)
        Millions of tax payers money spent on Greenland (FACT)
        The Consensus is for the member from St James Central to speak on the preferred subject of Domestic Abuse

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      • Ras June 9, 2017 at 9:27 am

        Fake straight talk sorry I mashed your corns but the truth has to be told

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        • Ras June 9, 2017 at 9:56 am

          Fake straight talk another educated person no common sense and hate FACTS.

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  3. Saga Boy June 9, 2017 at 3:23 am

    Rays don’t forget about Edutech and the millions that some BLP politician benefited from. I guess that is the same ten year Toyota that he beat he wife in or damaged?

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  4. Zeus June 9, 2017 at 8:17 am

    Ras you must remember Kerrie was a dem at that time …….this is what you call politics of desperation ….do you really believe that members of parliament never knew about this car being ordered ……the article appeared in the media the public responded to so he is now trying to gain some political mileage with it …….desperation politics

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  5. Alex Alleyne June 9, 2017 at 9:12 am

    Kerrie, it’s like the Black church leaders in the USA……..Living Large of the Flock. Your time will come and I do hope we remind you .

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  6. Steven Smith June 9, 2017 at 9:40 am

    I read these comments and I seriously wonder if Barbadians benefited from the free education at all. Or its just they don’t have common sense. Stop being a political yard fowl and read the article with open eyes.

    The meat of the matter is that at this time when the spending power of every bajan has been seriously diminished and the politicians that are paid by tax payers are implementing measures to benefit themselves which telling us to tighten or belts and pay more is beyond insulting and surpasses slaps to the face.

    I don’t think it is necessary for them to drive a Benz. I am certain another vehicle at a lower price point in this day where the island is broke would have shown they are somewhat interested in the country not self.

    Its like a parent (tax payers) paying for their child (ministers) to study overseas. The parents took out a loan to pay for school. The child requesting extra spending money so they can party weekly with friends (reinstate the 10%) then one of the parents get laid off from work so things are harder. Then the child goes and buys a Benz to get to school. Where as the child needs the car the fact that they could not go with a Nissan, Toyota, Mazda etc but a $700,000 when they just told the parents to either rent out a room, downsize the house, get a weekend or night job to pay the loan.

    This is what it is about. if you can support or share with the people who place you in the position to represent them you should not be in the position. You are heartless and ungrateful.

    That is what this is about not that he got a car or that he is a D or B.

    Because I am sure the ones here that keep the most noise are the ones that suffer the most but just want to say they know someone or their group is running things.

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    • Ras June 9, 2017 at 11:42 am

      Steven you were born after 1986 I guess
      So you won’t know Lemme Craigg or Tom Adams and what happen between 1976-1986 under BLP rule
      You now know politricks
      look and learn lil more my brother
      was worst in that time
      If your name was David Lester Piggott you could not get work
      Rasta was persecuted
      People were deemed an enemy of the state and deported for having a different view
      Ask the Prime Minister of St.Vincent if you doubt me, BLP run he out of Barbados when he was at UWI cavehill
      We went to the IMF things were dread but a Ministry of Mercedes Benz was created.

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  7. Steven Smith June 9, 2017 at 9:51 am

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    I read these comments and I seriously wonder if Barbadians benefited from the free education at all. Or its just they don’t have common sense. Stop being a political yard fowl and read the article with open eyes.

    The meat of the matter is that at this time when the spending power of every bajan has been seriously diminished and the politicians that are paid by tax payers are implementing measures to benefit themselves which telling us to tighten or belts and pay more is beyond insulting and surpasses slaps to the face.

    I don’t think it is necessary for them to drive a Benz. I am certain another vehicle at a lower price point in this day where the island is broke would have shown they are somewhat interested in the country not self.

    Its like a parent (tax payers) paying for their child (ministers) to study overseas. The parents took out a loan to pay for school. The child requesting extra spending money so they can party weekly with friends (reinstate the 10%) then one of the parents get laid off from work so things are harder. Then the child goes and buys a Benz to get to school. Where as the child needs the car the fact that they could not go with a Nissan, Toyota, Mazda etc but a $700,000 when they just told the parents to either rent out a room, downsize the house, get a weekend or night job to pay the loan.

    This is what it is about. if you can support or share with the people who place you in the position to represent them you should not be in the position. You are heartless and ungrateful.

    That is what this is about not that he got a car or that he is a D or B.

    Because I am sure the ones here that keep the most noise are the ones that suffer the most but just want to say they know someone or their group is running things.

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    • Jennifer June 9, 2017 at 1:22 pm

      Well said. This is where we as a people keep going wrong. Engineered education has nothing to do with COMMON SENSE. All this education is to create well smiling, PERFECT SLAVES and conformist aka assimilation.

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  8. Greengiant June 9, 2017 at 9:59 am

    Don’t get personal with my mate Symms, remember he was also a product of the very D L P. Like me a highly trained man, but politically contaminated. No longer able to call a spade because the cards with which the B L P plays has no clubs or spades. Yes the
    B L P only plays with hearts and diamonds, the red ones you see.

    Don’t ask him anything about squandering of the people’s money during their tenure, because he don’t want to remember and is hoping that we don’t too. Thompson didn’t use all his evidence in 2008, and Stuart didn’t need to refer to those files in 2013, but Symms, and company will have to answer in 2018. The things you did will come back to haunt you. The PM has already explained the situation with the replacement of the vehicle, the agreement your cabinet made while in office Kerrie. He has done nothing criminal, unethical, or otherwise against the people of barbados in replacing the state vehicle in which your boss lady hope to ride next year. Funny how your cabinet had plans for the new one that came in 2009, but was ordered for Thomson instead of the boss lady or Owen. Surprised then were you? Be careful, as other surprises awaits you in 2018 mate.

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    • Sunshine Sunny Shine June 9, 2017 at 11:53 am

      He was in the best position to lead by example. Even if the crooked rats in the BLP had plans on bringing out a new one, he could have easily stated that the island is in dire straits thus he will look for a more economical vehicle. He is wrong, just like the BLP are pretenders in waiting.

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  9. Greengiant June 9, 2017 at 10:05 am

    So yes mate, the parliamentary members of both major parties are best described by the title of you submission here ” Out of touch “. This country will never get a cabinet of representatives who are in touch with us by reelecting either of you, because you are both in touch with yourselves, and your campaign financiers first.

    Remember you are a product of Owen’s ” politics of inclusion “be careful you don’t find yourself being among the excluded this time around, the vote to install a different opposition leader some years ago has not been forgotten, rest assured.

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  10. Ras June 9, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Remember and don’t ever forget BLP told masses in 1976-1986 tighten wunna belts things tight and went next couple of weeks and raise the MP’S salaries
    I won’t forget

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  11. Zeus June 9, 2017 at 11:24 am

    SSS you have stated that you voted for the DEMS is the last election is this the same Stuart that was the prime minister of Barbados when you voted …….you knew all is what you stated about this man and you voted for him to remain in office

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    • Sunshine Sunny Shine June 9, 2017 at 11:50 am

      Zeus I voted for David Thompson. I honestly thought that Freundel Stuart was an upright man. Lord how wrong I was. This man, this arrogant no good son of a dog, turned out to be the biggest hypocrite of them all. I did not vote for this idiot or none of the other shytes in the DLP. He showed his true colours when he ascended the Prime Minister’s chair after Thompson’s death. There is nothing about this shyte that speaks to leadership. He is a selfish bigot.

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  12. Peter June 9, 2017 at 11:51 am

    OK… OK.. I’ll do a Trump here. I will drain this swamp. Get the PM an expensive spring loaded pair of roller blades. Tell congress that Putin had nothing to do with advising me. Now go ahead and leak this to the real press. the one with news you can trust……

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  13. Ras June 9, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    Peter same time see if you can get Greenland for the Rastas to turn into a farm land and produce crops to help reduce the flow of foreign exchange as a Landfill will never be down there
    There are plenty springs down there so Rasta can plant Yams, potatoes, pineapples,and a whole set of vegetables, raise chickens,cows, sheep and the works

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  14. Alex Alleyne June 9, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    it’s funny that some politician ain’t out front bashing the ruling party on how they refuse to take up the “Air line Money Man” on his offer of freeing up the weed situation in BIM (which we did not) and now he gone over to JA and invest super bucks.
    Now if the DLP had foresight all this investment will be right here , employing people in “high paying jobs” and not sending off our people up North to clean out pig pens.
    OH, I CAN HEAR THEM NOW. I will keep my ears to the ground.
    Please note…….I AM NOT FOR FREEING-UP NOR SMOKING WEED IN BIM. ……..DRINKING RUM SHOULD ALSO BE BANED.
    One can function well in life without being “numb”. When down , try some smoothing music , guaranteed to keep you in a mellow state of mind .

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  15. Jea Alleyne June 9, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    As long as taxpayers keep paying, those in power will keep spending, there are no laws against it…..This is Barbados !!!

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  16. Jea Alleyne June 9, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    They “DLP” are well and truly out of touch, they must be because they dont listen to anyone else’s point of view, so how can they be in touch with their people !! They are about self, they thrive to be out of touch !!

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  17. Milli Watt June 9, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    mia just vex cause she miss riding in de car first TWICE and we lick out to mush money since 1966…………..say afetr me boys and girls PAY YUH DEBTS and then we can talk. The IMF ain’t want nuttin wid chris

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  18. Lorenzo June 9, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    Ras you always on here defending nonsense and justifying it talking about Greenland.Stop being a DlP jackass and think for yourself if you got a brain.The PM just said the Jockey too heavy for the horse but could then shortly after be seen with a 700,000 dollar vehicle and you are here talking about Tom Adams and Greenland? How many years ago was that?Mr Thompson after parading in true style without substance did not procecute a fellow ,what that tell you just a lot of hot air.As for Greengiant ana Zeus whatever the DLP does is fine with both of you,not a care of people suffering ,some cannot eat or pay their bills but the PM can drive around in style.Shame on you.

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  19. Ras June 9, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    Lorenzaaa nobody stopping you from driving through Pinfold St. in style
    Greenland is Facts not Fake News
    I have the Facts, have many Newspapers from 1976-1986 in my Library
    OPPOSITION MEMBER OF Parliament for St George South Dwight Sutherland has called the Greenland Landfill an “error” on the part of the former Barbados Labour Party administration and he has warned government not to make the same mistake with the proposed Cahill waste to energy project.

    A $100 million waste!

    That’s how Minister of the Environment Dr Denis Lowe today described spending by the former Barbados Labour Party (BLP) administration on construction of the Greenland Landfill in St Andrew.

    Leading off debate on the Sanitation Service Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2016 in the House of Assembly, Lowe further charged that the Opposition BLP had been prepared to dump another $149 million into the failed landfill project, which has since been scrapped by the DLP without ever receiving any garbage.

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  20. Ras June 9, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    That’s what the Ras talking about Facts
    Spent $100 million and was looking to spend another $149 million
    money in somebody pocket no landfill to show.

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  21. Lorenzo June 9, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    Ras,the Greenland landfill is not the issue dumbass how do you feel about the PM driving around in a new vehicle when others arestruggling to pay bills.this is of no interest you since you are probably feeding at the trough.,but beware sweet life don,t last long.you keep talking about
    Greenland and not your party,s record in government and see how far it gets you when elections are called .maybe you are Dr Lowe himself since you care nothing about people only party,yardfowl.

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    • Ras June 9, 2017 at 8:53 pm

      Lorenzaaa I feel the same way how I felt in between 1976-1986 when Tom Adams told the masses to tighten their belts and then went couple weeks after and raise the MP’S salaries,
      I feel the same way when Tom Adams went and bought the Cadillac MP2
      I feel the same way when Tom changed the Cadillac for a Mercedes Benz
      I feel the same way when Bree St.John change the Mercedes that Tom Adams had for a more flashy one.
      But I feel disgusted about spending $100 million dollars to build a landfill and there is none to show.

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  22. Zeus June 9, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    Lorenzo are you saying that when there was Greenland ….the prison at dodds …..crab hill police station ….gems ….edutech….3S highway expansion nobody was struggling to pay bills bout here

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  23. Lorenzo June 9, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    Zeus the people back then were far better off as the economy was booming ,most people had money in their pockets which clerly is not the case no comparison whatsoever.The BLP lost government due to some of these things .The DLP has been in Government since 2008 how about you list their acheivments for us the electorate when an election is called or if you can,t believe going back in time will save you.if you had any conscience there is no way you could justify any PM driving around in a new 700,000 dollar new vehicle.i gone.

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  24. Ras June 9, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    Dumbo Lorenzaa in 1976 people were working for $60 per week eating chicken back could not afford a whole chicken burning Oil lamps, had a lot more pit toilets
    People are better off in 2017
    Wait Lorenzaa I thought this Mercedes was bought for Mama Mia to drive about next year
    you is one confused yard fowl

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  25. Zeus June 9, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    Better off …where did those pit toilets appear from that miss caddle spoke about …..did owen arthur ever had to borrow money to shore up the foriegn reserves ……was the foriegn resereves ever at 8 weeks under the last adminstration and lastly what legacies did the last administration leave with bajans

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  26. Ras June 9, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    We now need a Helicopter for the Defence force

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  27. Ras June 9, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    Owen sold the family silver instead
    National Bank included
    Borrowed NIS money to build Coast Guard Station and many other projects to help wreck the economy by not paying back
    He did same ratchet job in Jamaica up to this day the Jamaican dollar won’t stop sliding

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  28. Lorenzo June 9, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    Ras you are a big child and a dumb ass yardfowl .for god,s sake you on here talking about tom adams in 1976?reallythat is the best excuse to justify a 700.000 vehicle in 2017you are pathetic,go get a life as for Zeus your reply merits no response.Elections are coming and the people will decide.

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    • Ras June 9, 2017 at 10:13 pm

      Thought the Mercedes is for Mama Mia
      Lorenzaa you trying to tell me That DLP going win next election in a smart way
      Seem you have no confidence in BLP not you would know the big ride is for Ms Manley.

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  29. Zeus June 9, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    Lol thats because you cant reply to my statement by the way can you prove the goverment paid 700000 for the vehicle

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  30. Greengiant June 10, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    So my little corn picking friend Lorenza, because you had more disposable income during the period of the B L P’s mis management of our money than you have now the D L P is mis managing it according to you. The action of the B L P administration was okay, and the D L P’s action is not.

    It’s fine to squander $ 100,000,000.00 but not good to buy a state car for 700,000.00 that will be serving the government for at least another seven years.

    I have news for you though mate. The Owen Arthur lead administration borrowed foreign exchange to prop up our reserves on quite a few occasions, sold off state entities, expanded our public sector dept, our country’s dept to G D P ratio, used the
    N I S money to capitalize projects, and introduced the bottomless concept of B O L T projects to our taxpayers future. Yes mate ” build, operate, lease and transfer ‘ projects cost sometimes 50% more to the tax payer. Ionics Fresh water, Dodd’s Prison, and a few others are like a weight around our necks. This administration has done some as well, and if you are in touch with local happenings like I am. The G A I A Inc is advertising for someone to build and operate a cargo storage facility. I though that G A I A was on sound financial footing. If so why would their be need to go into this type of contract? So you see Lorenza, all that really seperates these two parties are Martindale’s Road, Belmont Road, Tweedside Road, Queen’s Park, and the outer Constitution river. Their concept is the same and so are their supporters.

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  31. Greengiant June 12, 2017 at 7:07 am

    @SSS; I have a question for you mate. You said you voted for David Thompson. So do you live and vote in St. John? Are you on of those who votes for a Prime Minister and not a constituency representative?

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